Halloween ’07

4 11 2007

hall07I’ve always had a special place in my heart for Halloween.  Not sure why.  I’m big on Thanksgiving lately, but as a kid I remember thinking of it as a sort of “blow-off” holiday…only significant in that it heralded the start of the Christmas season.  From what I can tell, the Christmas season kicks off at about the same time as Halloween any more, and as a result, the whole “holiday season” sort of turns me off.  It’s too long, and for no better reason than that a bunch of retail outlets want to make more money.

Bleh.

Halloween is still pretty pure, though.  Granted, it’s not like it was when I was a kid, but what is?  We took my son (dressed as a vampire) over to his aunt’s neighborhood and escorted him around for some trick-or-treating.  It’s a quiet neighborhood.  Safe.  My nieces all dressed up as characters from The Wizard of Oz, but they are at an age now where they refuse to actually go trick-or-treating.  They dressed up in costume long enough for their mother to take some pictures, and that was about the end of it.

My wife wanted to dress our family up as characters from the old television show The Munsters.  I put on an old, ill-fitting suit and a huge Herman Munster mask.  My wife dressed as the wife and my son was supposed to be the little boy.  As you can see, my memory as to the names of these characters is a bit murky, and I am feeling too lazy at the moment to go look it all up.  My sister-in-law was dressed in her Tin Man costume, so we made an odd assemblage as we cruised the streets in search of free candy (for my son, of course).   Predictably, we had only been out about 20 minutes when my son started talking about how much candy he already had, and complaining that his feet were getting sore.

Kids these days….

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